How to not be a bonehead in Paris!

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The khaki shorts, the socks hiked to the gods, puzzled eye contact, general clustering and moving in masses. Thanks for visiting Paris, tourists. We see you! Yes, we’d all love the superpower of fitting flawlessly into any destination, but no one can truly blend in on a hop on/hop off bus. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to prevent you from getting jumped for your Rick Steves money belt. -jkw

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Greetings from les vacances! I would love to bore you with a beach view and a half full and sweaty glass of rosé.  However, thanks to a recent discovery by mon mari, I will never be guilty of HotDog Legs again.  Sharing all leisure-induced self-indulgence must wait till la rentree

P.S.  Hop over to Lost In Cheeseland to discover this illustration in its original context.

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1 day on IÎe-aux-Moines

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Voila!  A rare slice of sunshine on the magnificent IÎe-aux-Moines, a tiny island off the coast of Brittany, nestled in the Gulf of Morbihan.  Although the sunshine was as sporadic as our worries, I reread The Great Gatsby and relived Gatsbian decadence at a 5-day wedding soaked in champagne and good cheer.

Let me share with you the ideal day on IÎle-aux-Moines…

10AM

Enjoy a coffee and croissant on the terrace of San Francisco with its tony view overlooking the busy port.

11AM

Rent a bike and take a spin around the island while taking in its coastal views and prehistoric treasures, including the dolmen of Penhap.  Be warned, although it’s easy to get caught up in the romantic, rainy charm of IÎle-aux-Moines, renting a tandem bike with your French other half does not come with a bilingual communication manual…

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1PM

It’s always a sign of an oyster’s freshness if the person shucking it is wearing waterproof yellow overalls. Save yourself and buy a douzaine direct from the ostréiculteur at Ets MARTIN including an obligatory glass of white.

4PM

Tea time!  Hands down, the only place to get an authentic crepe fix on the isle is Lonely Galettes.

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8PM

Book at table at Le Cagou for regional slow food, the freshest fish, and an enticing prix-fixe menu. Langoustines, Saint-Pierre, and far breton (Brittany’s ubiquitous prune clafoutis) will top off a perfect day on IÎe-aux-Moines.

As always, thanks to mon mari for the photos!

Bon week-end, everybody!

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bilingual bêtise

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Jumping on a one-way plane to Paris and submitting to a year of lingual humility was my way of learning French.  Although I have mastered everything except for the French art of negotiation, my bilingual brain is continually at a loss for words, my speech peppered with long pauses and tortured hand gestures.  With my brain tuned to Franglais, I have started translating from French to English, leaving me with a strangely proper speech pattern.  Is this one of the proven benefits of bilingualism?

Nevertheless, here is an imagined conversation between two expats inspired by my bilingual bêtise:

A. How do you go?

B. I go well.  I am enchanted to finally meet you!

A. Would you like to take a coffee?

B. Yes, it would make me pleasure.

A. I know a bar in the Marais which is quite agreeable.  The prices are correct for the neighborhood. Although the music is strong, it is the most interesting option.

B. Yes, that has a sympathetic air.

A. What do you take to make pleasure?

B. I am feeling greedy. I will take a chocolate good and hot, if you please.

A. I must go.  Embrace your boyfriend very strongly for me.

B. It made me pleasure to see you!

A: Salutations!

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